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Russian hackers, Chinese cyberterrorists, Ethiopian malware -- if you're a victim of any of state-sponsored hacking, you may be out of luck. Individuals who accuse foreign governments of hacking have virtually no access to the federal courts, the D.C. Circuit ruled on Tuesday. That's because the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act prevents suits against other nations, and its exception for noncommercial torts doesn't apply to hacking organized from abroad, the court explained.

The ruling is a "dangerous decision for cybersecurity," critics claim.

Fish Conservation Lawsuit Fails at DC Circuit

In a suit brought before the DC Circuit, plaintiffs claimed that federal agencies acted unlawfully by neglecting to manage various stocks of ocean fish in the Atlantic. The circuit decided to affirm the decision of a lower district court, finding, essentially, that the plaintiffs were blaming the wrong people for their woes.

But even if the plaintiffs had chosen the proper target for their suit, the plaintiffs would still be out of luck, because the law essentially stipulates that a "final agency action" has very particular requirements. Sometimes, you're just not destined to win in court.

A $2 billion class action brought by injured defense contractor employees against military contractors and insurance companies was dismissed by the D.C. Circuit on Thursday. The defense contractor employees suffered a range of injuries while working for the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, from lost limbs, to traumatic brain injuries.

Their suit argued that they were repeatedly denied medical care, given false information and had benefits impermissibly withheld. However, the D.C. Circuit found that, since the workers were covered by the Defense Base Act, that Act's exclusivity provision prevented any common-law or state remedies for their claims.

The past few weeks have been busy for cases originating in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari in three cases, two of them related, and issued a decision today. The two related cases involve the interpretation of the Administrative Procedure Act, the third case granted cert. involves the delegation doctrine, while the High Court decision issued today interprets the Clean Air Act.

For details on these cases, read on.

Esquire Wins Battle for Satire in 'Birther' Suit

The D.C. Circuit ruled for Esquire Magazine on Tuesday, putting the final nail in a defamation suit against the publication for satirizing a "birther" book's release.

Larry Klayman, the attorney for "birther" publisher and conservative website founder Joseph Farah, called the court's decision to uphold the lower court's dismissal of the case "dishonest," reports Examiner.com.

What exactly did the court think of Esquire's article?

Goodbye Nuclear Waste Fees: Return to Yucca Mtn.

The D.C. Circuit axed annual fees for nuclear waste disposal on Tuesday, noting that the government had left the Court no option while Yucca Mountain is tied up in red tape.

Politico reports that since the Obama administration has continuously demonstrated its resistance toward finishing the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, it is ludicrous for the Department of Energy to collect its "0.1-cent charge from utilities and customers for each nuclear-generated kilowatt-hour of electricity."

The fee has fed the Nuclear Waste Fund for the last three decades, but not after this week's D.C. Circuit ruling.

EPA, Navistar Under Fire for Non-Compliant Engines

Big rig diesel engines have the EPA and manufacturer Navistar frequently in front of the D.C. Circuit this October, with the court hearing arguments on Tuesday about the EPA's regulation of below-standard engines.

According to Overdrive, rival truck manufacturers Daimler, Mack, and Volvo argued before the Court that "the EPA wrongly granted Navistar permission to manufacture and sell non-compliant engines if they paid a fine."

This fine -- called a non-compliance penalty (NCP) -- allowed Navistar to put engines that didn't meet nitrogen emissions standards until the clean air act. What does the D.C. Circuit think of all this?

Charter School Managers Pocketed Millions in Scam: Lawsuit

Managers for the Options Public Charter School are accused of diverting millions of dollars in government funds toward their own businesses, and the District of Columbia is suing them for it.

According to The Washington Post, the Options school was intended to serve "the District's most troubled teens and students with disabilities," but at least $3 million earmarked for the school were allegedly siphoned away by sophisticated contracting scam.

The District's complaint claims these school managers funneled state money into their own private contracting businesses and much more.

This Week in Oral Arguments: Bin Laden's Publicist, Birthers, More

While the D.C. Circuit may be withholding any sort of published opinion from us all -- was it something we said? -- oral arguments are going off without a hitch.

As September wraps up and October begins, we take a look at three cases in oral arguments before the D.C. Circuit: a birther defamation suit, a Medicare adjustment case, and the conviction of Bin Laden's publicist.

These oral arguments may be setting the stage for a momentous 2013 - 2014 session.

D.C. Circuit Gets Hunters' Goat in Endangered Species Case

What do you get when you cross a bunch of goat hunters with the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)? Apparently, a bunch of very speculative appeals.

In an unlikely team-up, hunters and conservationists had sued the FWS, officially through the Secretary of the Interior, for blatantly ignoring their applications to have the markhor, a goat that inhabits a hilly area of Pakistan, downgraded from an "endangered" to a "threatened" species.

The D.C. Circuit couldn't sit back and feed the appellants a tin can, so the court took a different approach.